Trump accuses New York Times of foiling plot to kill ISIS leader

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'alive', says US chief

Russia's army said in mid-June that it was seeking to verify whether it had killed the IS chief in a May air strike in Syria.

Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday he believed the leader of the terrorist group also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh is alive and serving a role in the group despite Russian reports that he had been killed.

Trump supporters meanwhile, back the president's attempts to stick it to the so-called mainstream media who are pursuing a "witch hunt" against him.

"I've seen nothing that would lead me to believe that the leader of ISIS (Islamic State) has been removed from the battlefield", Rasmussen said. "We are going after him". His most recent death was at the hands of Russian Federation, which had United States officials particularly skeptical. Written by Eric Schmitt, the story reported that US intelligence officials had seized a wealth of data that gave them insight into "how the organization's shadowy leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, operates and tries to avoid being tracked by coalition forces". "Their sick agenda over National Security", Trump tweeted.

WASHINGTON | The american minister of Defence, James Mattis, has estimated Friday that the leader of the group islamic State (EI), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was "in life".

Al-Baghdadi in 2014 proclaimed a caliphate spanning parts of Iraq and Syria from the Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul.

It was not immediately clear why the president held the Times responsible or what attack he meant.

This Syria-based observer on civil liberties revealed last week to reporters on how they possess "affirmed data" about a preeminent pioneer for Islamic States' fundamental gathering, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to have become murdered. "These illegal leaks, like Comey's, must stop!"

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